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TAMBLOT UPRISING


Tamblot was a babaylan or native priest from Bohol, Philippines, who led the Tamblot Uprising in 1621 to 1622 during the Spanish era. He opposed the new religion spread by the Spaniards and fought against the subsequent conversion of the Boholanos to the Catholic faith. According to Legend, he challenged the Spanish priest, and when he won, he earned the trust of the people. He exhorted them free themselves from Spanish oppression, leading 2,000 followers in his revolt.
Little is known about Tamblot except that he was a babaylan of Barrio Tupas, in Antequera town who led a number of his pagan followers to wage a religious war against the Spaniards for fear that their Bathala would be replaced by the God of the Catholic religion.
Tamblot features in the modern Bohol provincial flag as one of the two bolos or native swords with handle and hand-guards on top. These two bolos, which are reclining respectively towards the left and right, depict the Dagohoy and Tamblot revolts, symbolizing that a true Boholano will rise and fight if supervening factors embroil them into something beyond reason or tolerance.

According to some written sources many women clad in white... during the Tamblot revolt of 1621... White was a common color among babaylan and people who have supernatural powers.... .


"For with the enemy came many women clad in white, and many children, in order to pick up bits of earth and scatter them on the wind, as the demon had told them- believing that if they did so the Spaniards would fall dead; but the test of this proved very costly to them. The demon had also promised them that he would resuscitate those slain in battle; but, when they carried some of the dead to his temple for him to do this, he replied, with ridiculous excuses, that he could not do it." (Diaz, p. 135.)".

(From: Casimiro  Díaz " Conquistas de las Islas Philipinas " 1718 ; published in Valladolid in 1890).


BABAYLAN
Drawing by Christine Bellen.

THE MODERN PROVINCIAL FLAG OF BOHOL  PAYS TRIBUTE TO TAMBLOT AND DAGOHOY

The Province of Bohol in the Philippines is one of the few provinces to have its own unique flag, deviating from the standard flag design of the provincial seal on a colored field. The flag of Bohol is a French-style tricolour with the white stripe being double the width of the blue and red stripes. Superimposed on the white stripe is the main portion of the seal of Bohol, depicting the island's history and famous landmarks. It consists of the two bolos representing the Tamblot Uprising and the Dagohoy Rebellion, the Chocolate Hills and the Sandugo between Miguel López de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna. The flag has a proportion of 1:2, the same as the flag of the Philippines.

The flag embodies the ideals of Bohol as a peace-loving, ideal-defending province. It also depicts Bohol as an agricultural province embodied with God-given natural beauty.
BOHOL PROVINCIAL FLAG
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